1972 Wartburg 353 Tourist Project For Sale

Potentially for sale is my Wartburg 353 Tourist (LHD) project, I bought this in a set of 3 and it is my last as it is the best contender for restoration. I know, you should’ve seen the other 2... Given a recent house purchase and countless other cars to contend with already, I’m considering letting this project go to the right home if someone does want to take it! If you’re interested, for some strange reason, do please read on…!

I won’t beat around the bush here, this Wartburg Tourist is a project and I’m not sure when it was last on the road. It hasn’t been started in some time but these two stroke three cylinders are great engines and I have a RHD Tourist that still runs after rusting away outside for 20 years, that can be for sale too if anyone is a masochist! The RHD Tourist could make a good steering donor and assumably engine bits are good on it too so let me know if this is of interest and I can send details.

The car is registered as a 1972 although the brakes (discs) etc all appear to show the car as an early 1980s one in spec and the car will come on 80s steelies as the Irmscher wheels have been sold and the 70s steelies don’t allow the front wheels to turn with the disc hub arrangement! For this reason the car would show as tax and mot exempt, and if anyone did re-register the car on an age appropriate plate it would likely still be tax and mot exempt anyway by now.

As Wartburgs go it doesn’t look exceptionally rusty like the other 2 in my trio were, I’d definitely recommend a full check over and while there is rust to the near side rear arch which I’ve provided a repair panel for in the car (off side rear arch is starting too but would repair much easier), it on the whole doesn’t look too bad! Wants a recommissioning as well and ideally a good paint tidy up or if you want to go the extra mile a full respray but I think this is a great basis for restoration for a Wartburg Tourist. When I bought the car I assumed it had keys but it does not so the steering lock has been bypassed by unbolting the column from the dash, I assume it’s easy enough to bypass fully for the new owner but something else to consider. It is a project after all, I suppose… I didn’t even know any of this was wrong with it when I bought it, I bought it sight unseen and that was probably where I went wrong in the first place!

This particular car has rare upgraded front seats which are worth fairly good money, it would probably pay to split the seats from the car but for now I’m going to leave them in and see what interest this gets!

I have plenty of spares so please ask if you need any for the project and I’ll see what I can help with.

The car is based in postcode CF5, viewing recommended, please message me with any questions! I do need to clear the interior of Wartburg parts, but I can go through these with a potential owner to see what else would be of interest.

Looking for £995 which I think is reasonable enough for a buildable project and with the rare seats included. It has an aftermarket steering wheel as well. The v5 is included in my name also so this can be transferred for the new owner. A very close offer would be considered but the seats are worth good money so I could drop the price further if the seats were split from the car. It goes without saying but no warranty or comebacks given or implied, this is a project that needs trailering away!

Thanks! And if someone does want to buy this then good luck to you ????

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